There are a variety of very common problems that most homeowners tend to miss, because they fail to consult with a structural engineer or home inspector. Unfortunately, these problems only become worse and worse, until they’ve spiraled into something that, inevitably, costs the homeowner a significant amount of time and money. The worst part about all of this is that all of the problems that we’re about to share with you could’ve easily been solved, if the homeowner would’ve consulted with a professional, such as a home inspector or structural engineer.
Having A Poor Foundation – Or Just A Very Old One
This is a very broad set of problems, and that’s because any type of problem with your home’s foundation is VERY BAD.
“Settling” is a term used to describe the process in which the weight of a home settles into the ground, due to its weight. Almost every home “settles” at some point or another, which leads to a few cracks here and there, but nothing terrible. Really, settling is perfectly normal.
However, when the foundation of your home is of poor quality – or simply very old and in desperate need of repair – then you have a big problem. From this settling, cracks in the concrete begin to form. These cracks start out small – and they can be repaired without a significant investment on your end. Keep in mind it’s always a good idea to learn how to remove concrete sealer in order to reapply a sealant and prevent these from happening in the first place. As time passes, though, these cracks begin to grow and grow, creating a variety of structural weaknesses that can lead to the collapse of various parts of your home.
Most people make the mistake of buying a home, without consulting a good home inspector first. Don’t make this mistake. Instead, make sure to do that, and they will tell you if the foundation is good or not. Sometimes, they’ll ask you to consult with a structural engineer, depending on various factors regarding the foundation.
Not Having Any Waterproof Barriers For Your House Siding
Waterproof barriers are absolutely essential. Do not skimp on waterproof barriers – or house lap siding, for that matter – because if you do, you are far more likely to have to deal with things like mildew and mold that begin to grow, because moisture will be able to easily seep through the siding.
Mold and mildew lead to rotting, which destroy the exterior and interior parts of the siding, leading to a VERY expensive repair process.
You can easily prevent this by consulting with a home inspector who will tell you whether or not your siding has waterproof barriers, and how you can best protect your home against moisture damage.
This is a problem that is found in exterior wall sheathing and, as we already covered, house siding.
It always comes from moisture damage, but the difference is that instead of hiring a home inspector just to look for waterproof barriers, they also need to look for the source of the wall rot, if your home is currently suffering from that. If it isn’t, it is advisable to hire them anyway, so that way they can see if there is any current water damage that may become an issue later on.
Here’s the thing, there are many different sources of wall rot, and they all come from water damage. Now, how the water is able to penetrate your home may have to do with things like bad window flashing. Hire a home inspector to help find any of those potential sources, and in doing so, you’ll save a lot of money repairing those things, then you would having to repair those structural weaknesses, along with repairing the parts of your home damaged by wall rot.
Old Roofing That Needs To Be Replaced
Perhaps, this goes without saying. But roofing can only last so long, and when it’s old and decayed, it desperately needs to be replaced. Failure to replace it can lead to water damage and, depending on how much rain you get, even flooding, because the roofing is so weak that water has a much easier time getting in and damaging other parts of your home, including your foundation. This leads to a set of very expensive problems.
To solve this problem, hire a home inspector or structural engineer, and they will determine the quality of your roofing, and what needs to be done with. It’s better to be safe, than sorry. Because being “sorry” will cost you thousands in repairs.
Termites And Other Vermin
This last problem is not as obvious as some of the others, but just as important. You see, vermin of all sorts can quickly damage both your exterior and interior, which means you not only have to pay a significant amount for an exterminator, but even more to repair the damage done to your home.
According to Corey Tyner of Phoenix Home Buyers, one of the best ways to ensure that your home is in tip top condition is by hiring a home inspector to do regular inspection at least twice a year. A good home inspector can check to see if there has been any damage done to your home, along with the risks of that happening.